Month: March 2014

This is the Saddest “We Sold for $8 Million” Post I’ve Ever Read

Readmill was a fantastic app for reading and discovering new things to read. I’ve enjoyed the small amount of time I spent in the app and am sad it’s going away. The “epilogue” post from their site after the Dropbox acquisition for 8 million is a hard read for fans but the stats below tell a good, but brief, story: Readmill’s story ends here. Many challenges in the world of ebooks remain unsolved, and we …

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There’s a Reason Why Boring Interfaces Like Reddit Engage Crowds

People visit sites repeatedly because they can do things about things they care about. Here’s a great answer on the topic of why Reddit has such high engagement with people across a variety of backgrounds, age groups, interests, and ideologies despite its rather “ugly” interface: Read Quote of Oliver Emberton’s answer to reddit (website): Why is reddit so famous despite such a boring interface? on Quora In other words Function > Form in most cases …

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Whew…long day @HarrelsonAgency. 119 Basecamp project todos crossed off. 21 more to go!

Link Rot

I’m extremely interested in the digital dark age we’re producing, especially when it comes to link rot… Eight years later, the site still exists, essentially frozen in time. That provides an interesting window into the phenomenon of “link rot,” or hyperlinks that used to work but now point to dead pages. Our analysis found that 22% of the Million Dollar Homepage’s pixels now fail to load a webpage when clicked. via The Million Dollar Homepage …

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Watching the new Cosmos on Fox (Newton episode) and really miss being an 8th grade science teacher now.

Miss this goofy guy and I wonder how he’d deal with Willie and Waylon.

Clear My Calendar for December 18-19, 2015

Redeem us from the prequels, Disney… Star Wars: Episode VII will release in theaters on December 18, 2015. It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time. via Star Wars: …

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If you like to read and love books,  you should be listening to Elizabeth’s and Merianna’s podcast. Good stuff.

I love that @pocketcasts now has Chromecast capabilities. I live by podcasts so this is very welcomed.

Please Enable 2FA For Your Own Good and Ours

No one likes to take the time to make passwords online. When you’re setting up your CBSSports account to fill in your March Madness brackets, you just want to get to work. No one’s going to hack you, so you just use the same password there as you do for your Bank of America account and GMail. Who cares, right? You’ve got nothing to hide. And then you get “hacked” and it’s no fun. Being …

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Inflationary Theory Confirmation and Human Nature

That humans have confirmed the Higgs boson and much of the underpinnings of the inflationary nature of the universe shortly after the Big Bang (gravity waves!) in the last two years (not to mention other advances in biological, psychological and sociological sciences) in a time of scientific budget cuts and anti-scientific thinking in our country gives me great hope for our species in this still young century. We’re explorers, and these understandings of the universe …

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Decomposers and Radiation

Chilling to see the results of Chernobyl still working themselves out in the natural world… “Apart from a few ants, the dead tree trunks were largely unscathed when we first encountered them,” says Timothy Mousseau, a biologist at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and lead author of the study. “It was striking, given that in the forests where I live, a fallen tree is mostly sawdust after a decade of lying on the ground.” …

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Now That’s an Obit

Interesting man… Nigel Groom, who has died aged 89, was an Arabist, historian, author, soldier, spy-catcher and perfume connoisseur. These pursuits saw him fend off a tribal assassination attempt in Aden, uncover a KGB spy embedded in the RAF and explain the association between frankincense and Christ’s divinity. via Nigel Groom – obituary – Telegraph.

End of Geek Culture and Rise of Tasteless Marketing

SXSW has come to epitomize so much of what is wrong with web marketing in 2014. I gave up on the idea of attending SXSW every year after things took a turn for the worse (in my opinion) back in the 2009-2010 timeframe. We saw the first real takeoff of Twitter at SXSW in 2007 then Foursquare hit it big at the show in 2008. Since then, it’s been a place to “find the next …

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I’m in love with QuizUp now that it’s on Android. My go-to app when I have a 5 min break these days.

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